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I'm not sure what to make of it, really . . .
on 5 September 2004
Kudos for the idea (using natural human voices / beatbox and synthesising them) to create the backdrops for her new collection of songs.
You have to admire her for continuosly striving for new and fresh sounds, and her general artistic aspirations - but I'm worried this may be a step to far, entering the realm of intellectual "art" and leaving all the fans of her gutsy and inspiring back catalogue behind.
Don't get me wrong. I WANT to like this album a great deal. And hindsight has taught me to stick with her reagardless (it took several listenings of her last album "Vespertine" before I "got it" and fell in love with it) - but there are songs on this album (Show me Forgiveness, Ancestors etc.) that I will never want to listen to again.
Her lyrics are becoming ever more obscure (a personal bete noir of mine) and her tendancy to withdraw from traditional "tunes" is becoming increasingly irksome; sometimes it's nice to hum or sing along with a track.
Several tracks are standing out for me, and make the whole thing worth while: "Where is the line" - a dark and weird peice, "Oceania" - a lovely and sweeping track taking some of Vespertine's ideas to their logical conclusion and "Mouth's Cradle" - the closest thing to a hummable and tuneful song. "Triumph of a Heart" is the final track, and although the beat behind it is very pop-y, it seems strangely bland and more of a curiosity / novelty item.
But if Bjork albums have taught me anything, it's that they're worth investing a bit of time in. So who knows what I'll thing this time next month . . .